Some information gleaned from a “National Geographic” prog, one the few English transmissions we get down here in Freiburg
- Greenland and the Arctic are melting and the process is accelerating. Melting water slips down the crevasses under the glaciers and lubricates them into acceleration into the sea. There seems on the face of it nothing happening to halt this. If the whole of Greenland’s ice melted, this alone would raise the sea level worldwide by twenty-three feet.
- Previously it was thought that a rise in sea level of this magnitude might occur by 2100. Now some scientists believe it could happen as early as 2050.
- Until recently, scientists believed that the Antarctic (which has FAR more ice than the Arctic and Greenland) was immune to the melting mechanisms occurring at the other pole: now they are realizing that this was a false assumption, as satellite measurements clearly show large areas of melting glaciers and ice there also. In this case, the problem is less water getting under glaciers than falling down crevices that do not reach to the bottom. As this falling water freezes it cracks the ice open and facilitates its movent to end up in the sea.
- The global climate is changing faster than at any time in the past 10,000 years.
- The 8 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.
- In the past 100 years, sea level has already risen between 5 and 9 inches and it is still going up.
- There were more hurricanes in 2005 than in any other year on record, thought to be due to increased temperatures.
- Within the last decade, there were outbreaks of both malaria and dengue fever in the US as temperatures rise.
- Heat waves are gaining in intensity and frequency. Europe’s 2003 heat wave caused an estimated 35,000 deaths.
- Graphs showing global temperature rise and CO2 levels over millions of years show an eerie correlation – these stats are derived largely from examining drilled-out ice cores.
- There are sixteen million new cars on the road every year.
- Chins is opening one coal-fired power station every week.
- Most countries are actively seeking to exploit more fossil fuels where possible. As the ice-caps melt, even formerly inaccessible areas are in the line of fire, not to mention off Cuba and soon The Falkland Islands among others, not to mention vast shale-fracking in the USA. (which some have said will soon make the USA an oil exporter ….)
- 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 miles of a coast and will be severely affected both by rising sea levels and more frequent and powerful storms.
Strangely, GW has gone off the front pages recently. I believe this to be due to:
A) our preoccupation with the short-term and particular how much money we have – the most surreally hilarious aspect of which being Madame Lagarde (the well-known French stooge in the IMF) handing out the begging bowl to poorer Asian countries who are supposed to help bail out basically rich but idiotic Europe “for their own good” so that we can buy more cheap stuff off them
B) our low boredom threshold – we always need something new either to wear, to drink or to worry about – hence the success of marketers – not enough people care about next year, let alone the next century
Both A and B) are really the bleedin’ obvious, but some might not have grasped this even so.
And in another National Geographic prog comes the news that the once-pristine, searingly-hot but starkly-beautiful Sahara is becoming increasingly polluted to the point where many camels are dying though ingesting rubbish left by tourists and other visitors. This is of course eerily analogous to the situation in the oceans, where beautiful and totally innocent fish die through eating or becoming trapped in plastic and other materials.
Conclusion: Homo Sapiens is insane and does not deserve to survive.
Clarification: Not ALL men are insane, but the SANE ones aren’t doing enough to control the rest. Nothing new there, then.